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A typical celebrant blessing ceremony:

  • Arrival of the couple (individually or together)
  • Introductions and welcomes
  • Words about love and commitment from a non-religious perspective
  • Reading or poem
  • The couple’s story – how they met, their shared values, hopes for the future
  • What marriage means to the couple
  • Reading, poem or song
  • The couple’s promises / vows
  • Meaningful symbolic act (e.g. handfasting)
  • Exchange of rings
  • Pronouncement as married
  • Words of well-wishing
  • Closing and departure

 

What is a Humanist wedding/ceremony?

  • A meaningful ceremony that may or may not have religious connotations whether they believe in a faith or not
  • The choice to have your ceremony outdoors, a venue not normally associated with a wedding or at a location that isn’t licensed for civil weddings
  • The flexibility to create a personal ceremony that is totally unique to them
  • To get to know the person who will be conducting and directing their ceremony
  • To celebrate their marriage with family and friends but without legally registering it – perhaps they have already undertaken the formalities overseas, for example.

 

What is a Religious wedding/ceremony?

A typical religious wedding blessing ceremony means that the couples individual spiritual beliefs are taken care of and catered for within the ceremony.
IE; There are times when I enquire of the couple their religious orientation and they both come up with two completely different beliefs, or one may believe in something, and the other no belief at all.
In this case, the script is tailored to include both the individuals spiritual requirements, as an example, the groom may be of an Agnostic or Atheist persuasion, whereby the Bride may require a traditional Catholic script, this is no problem as it is then written to suit both.
Two completely different persuasions are catered for entirely meaning the script is not detrimental to ones beliefs and totally acceptable to both parties.